NOW FOR THE WATER ROUTE.
Navigation Is Open, Vessels On the Move.
While the schr. Pilot was the first vessel to leave this port she was also the first to enter it this year. The schooner went to Gananoque and returned with a cargo of barley.
The steamer Armenia with barges Valencia and Norway in tow cleared from Garden Island Saturday evening for Toronto to load timber.
The schr. Idlewild is in from Stella, with a cargo of oats.
There is much freight waiting at points along the Rideau canal for Kingston.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes arrived from Oswego, Saturday night, with coal for K. Crawford.
Kingston rate advanced in Chicago from 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cents, the Arizona being chartered at that figure.
The Salvation Army yacht Blenheim, damaged during a storm last fall, is being repaired in Davis' dry-dock.
W. O'Mara, Merrickville, is building a sailing yacht which he says will be a flyer. The str. Olive will be the first from Ottawa to Smith's Falls, and str. Anglin to Kingston.
The str. Topeka is loaded with corn for Kingston. It is reported that the steamer Bon Voyage will take the place of the Nyack on the Muskegon route.
The work of repairing the tug Col. By and consort at Merrickville, is being rapidly pushed through by Henry Shine, of Portsmouth. The tug Hiram Easton is also getting repaired.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes, Capt. Allen, Kingston, with barley for Downey, Irwin & Co. was first arrival of the season at Oswego and made the formal opening of navigation at that port.
The steamer Duncan passed Port Colborne, yesterday, en route to Kingston, with corn. She was the first arrival there. She lightened several thousand bushels before proceeding down the canal.
This morning, while the tug Walker was towing an elevator in the harbor, the latter collided with the bowsprit of the schr. Acacia. The bowsprit was torn away and the damage will amount to about $60.
The Bannockburn, Armenia and Orion, from Kingston to Toledo, passed Port Colborne on Tuesday. The ice blocking the harbor was driven out by a north-west wind and the delayed boats proceeded to Lake Erie. A lot of Kingston boats passed the canal at Port Dalhousie yesterday.
This spring the Chicago grain fleet includes 104 vessels, carrying 3,428,000 bushels of wheat, 3,047,000 bushels of corn, 1,446,000 bushels of oats, and 155,000 bushels of barley. Between ports of destination the fleet is divided as follows: Buffalo, 73, Ogdensburg, 14; Kingston, 7; Port Huron, 5; Erie, 3; Fairport to Oswego, (sic)
The rates for towing vessels of 500 tons and under through the Welland canal this season will be: Loaded, 15 cents per ton; light, 12 cents per ton. This is a reduction of 2 cents a ton. A reduction on the rate of last season for harbor towing on all vessels over 350 tons has also been made by the Welland canal tug association.
The str. Clinton and two barges and Sequin moved from their winter quarters out into Port Colborne harbor on Saturday being the first sign of navigation at that port. The Clinton cleared for Toledo to load timber and the Sequin for Buffalo dry-dock. Owing to the ice jam at the entrance of the piers these boats were unable to get away. The ice appears to be very solid and anchored on the reefs so that it seems impossible to force a passage through it. The tug Mary made an unsuccessful attempt at it. The fishing cruiser Dolphin ran down from Port Dover on Sunday morning, but could not get into the harbor. She anchored outside. No boats have arrived yet bound through the canal.